The Man in the Moon by William Joyce
(Guardians of Childhood)

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In the first book of a multibook series, find out how a round, jolly baby became the great white hope of the Milky Way—and ringleader of the Guardians of Childhood.

Up there in the sky.
Don’t you see him?
No, not the moon.
The Man in the Moon.

He wasn’t always a man.
Nor was he always on the moon.

He was once a child.
Like you.

Until a battle,
a shooting star,
and a lost balloon
sent him on a quest.

Meet the very first guardian of childhood.
MiM, the Man in the Moon.
 

About William Joyce

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William Joyce’s books include George Shrinks, Dinosaur Bob, Santa Calls, The Man in the Moon, and Nicholas St. North and the Nightmare King. He’s won three Emmy Awards for his Rolie Polie Olie animated series; he’s developed character concepts for Toy Story and A Bug’s Life; and his films include Robots and Meet the Robinsons. He’s currently co-directing the DreamWorks Animation release of Rise of the Guardians (Fall 2012). He lives in Shreveport, Louisiana.
 
Published September 6, 2011 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers. 56 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Born to a loving family with a guardian named Nightlight to keep him safe from bad dreams, MiM’s untainted sleep attracts the unwanted attention of Pitch, the King of Nightmares.

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The infant Man in the Moon (named for the Moon Clipper, an extraterrestrial airship that disguises itself as a moon at night) is hidden away by his parents in order to escape the nefarious Pitch, "the King of Nightmares," renowned for "plundering planets, extinguishing stars, and scuttling every ...

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When Bumble-Ardy's parents overeat and are themselves eaten, the pig goes to live with his Aunt Adeline.

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Behind his veneer of a smug kindness, and purity he shakes overnight ~ Once he discovers Dani's slightly older sister, he falls out of love with who Dani is, and shooting straight past her mind, goes for the gusto of her older sister's body.

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he was once a little boy, called MiM, and this book tells his story through the sailing of great ships and the fighting of great battles, including one between Pitch, the King of Nightmares, and Nightlight, the brave guardian of MiM.

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